On Tuesday, June 25, via Executive Order, President Donald Trump established the White House Council on Eliminating Barriers to Affordable Housing and named HUD Secretary Ben Carson as its chairperson.
The Council will consist of members across eight Federal agencies and engage with state, local, and tribal leaders across the country to identify and remove the obstacles that impede the production of affordable homes.
Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives voted 277-194 to approve a $383 billion spending package of five appropriations bills, including funding for the departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and related agencies.
The House-passed bill includes $50.1 billion for HUD, an increase of $5.9 billion above the FY19 enacted level, and $13.4 billion above President Trump’s request.
Click below for details of the bill’s funding levels for several programs of interest to CLPHA members and CLPHA’s comparative funding chart.
Legislation to prevent carbon monoxide fatalities in public housing was approved by the House Committee on Financial Services today and now moves to the full House for consideration. The “Safe Housing for Families Act of 2019,” by Representative Jesus Garcia (D-IL) requires combination carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in public and assisted housing units and authorizes $300 million over a three-year period for installation and maintenance.